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Renewing our covenant commitment

22 June 2023

Armed Forces Covenant signing

Leicester’s Hospitals has stated its commitment to supporting armed forces veterans, reservists and cadets by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Chief People Officer. Clare Teeney, and Ballu Patel, Non-Executive Director and Armed Forces Champion, signed the updated covenant alongside Major Stephen Goodwin, Ministry of Defence Representative.

UHL first signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015 before being proudly awarded Gold Employer Recognition accreditation in 2018.

The covenant highlights UHL’s commitment to recognising and valuing the skills and experience that members of the reserves and military veterans bring to the Trust. As part of the updated covenant, we are:

  • Increasing the number of paid leave days for reservists, cadets and spouse/partners
  • Introducing a guaranteed interview scheme for the armed forces community
  • Launching a new UHL Armed Forces Staff Network and exploring a joint network across LLR.

Armed Forces Champion, Ballu Patel, said: “I feel really strongly about our Armed Forces and their representation in our hospitals. Both in terms of caring for veterans who use our services, and also creating employment opportunities for people coming out of the forces and supporting colleagues who are reservists or involved with the cadets.”

Clare Teeney, Chief People Officer, added: “I’m proud to be re-signing the Covenant on behalf of UHL and strengthening our commitment to the armed forces. It’s important we support veterans, reservists and cadets and show them the commitment they’ve shown to the country.”

A huge thank you to all our reservist and ex-armed forces colleagues for all they have done and continue to do.